February 2024
African American History Month
1National Freedom Day: In 1865 Abraham Lincoln signed a joint resolution from the House and Senate that proposed the 13th Amendment and eventually abolished slavery in the U.S.
Birthday of Leymah Roberta Gbowee (1972): Liberian peace activist known for leading a nonviolent movement that united Christian and Muslim women and Liberia’s 14-year long civil war in 2003.
Four African American college students stage a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC (1960): This peaceful action triggered similar nonviolent protests throughout the Deep South.
Birthday of former U.S. Representative Thomas Lantos (1982-2008): Holocaust survivor and founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in 1983 (renamed the Thomas Lantos Human Rights Human Rights Commission).
Birthday of Langston Hughes (1920-1967): American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and early innovator of jazz.
1-7World Interfaith Harmony Week
2Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
Feast of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory
World Wetlands Day
Anniversary of the death of Alfred Delp, S.J. (1907-1945): German Jesuit priest and philosopher of he German Resistance, considered a significant figure in Catholic resistance to Nazism.
3Feast of St. Blaise; Patron of throat illnesses.
Birthday of Takashi Nagal (1909-1951): Survivor of the Nagasaki bombing and mystic.
4Birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): German Lutheran pastor, theologian, spiritual writer, anti-Nazi dissident, and key member of the Confessing Church.
Birthday of Rosa Parks (1913-2005): Known as “the first lady of Civil Rights”.
5nniversary of the death of Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (1907-1991) : a great missionary, a man on fire promoted compassion through structural change. He was a pioneer in urging the combination of pastoral concern, biblical reflection, and social analysis.
6Feast of St. Paul Miki and Companions (1562-1597): Martyrs of Japan.
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.
8Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947): Patroness off Sudan and of human trafficking.
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
10Feast of St. Scholastica
Chinese New Year
11Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
World Day of the Sick
12Anniversary of Dorothy Stang’s death
13Anniversary of the assassination of Brother James Santiago Miller, F.S.C. (1944-1982): Martyred in Guatemala for his work with young indigenous Mayans from rural areas.
Mardi Gras
14Ash Wednesday: Beginning of the Lenten Season.
Valentine’s Day
Anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL. (2018)
17Anniversary of the death of Janani Luwum (1922-1977): Anglican Archbishop of Uganda and martyr
18First Sunday of Lent
Celebration of Presidents’ Day
Anniversary of forced removal of Japanese American families from their homes on the West Coast to inland internment camps (1942): President Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order that authorized the evacuation of all persons who were deemed a threat to national security along the West Coast to be relocated inland.
20World Day of Social Justice
21Birthday of Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890): Theologian known for his contribution to doctrine and church government for both the Church of England and the Catholic Church, played a part in Cornelia Connelly’s founding of the Society in England.
22Anniversary of the execution of Sophie and Hans Scholl (1943): Martyrs of the White Rose nonviolent resistance group in Nazi Germany.
23Anniversary of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA (2020)
25Second Sunday of Lent
26Anniversary of the killing of Trayvon Martin (2012)
28Birthday of Rev, Dr, Kelly Douglas (1957): Author and leader in the field of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, sexuality and the Black Church.